Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) and Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) are different names for the same process. This is one of the easiest strategies for all ages of students, and one with high payoffs in student learning.
With the DEAR/SSR process, everyone including the teacher reads for twenty minutes. There are some basic rules:
The easiest way to run the DEAR/SSR process is when there is a well stocked classroom library. This usually takes several years of assignment in a same/ similar grade and frequent stops at garage sales before the library can be considered to be "well stocked."
It is also important to track the books, magazines, comic books, manuals, reports, and other reading that students do at this time.
While students are free to choose what they want to read, the teacher should know what the students are reading. Then, the teacher can make suggestions and discuss what students are reading at different, informal times during the day.